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Diver Lafferty laments ''biggest mistake of career''

Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty fears he will be branded a cheat for the rest of his career following the incident which earned Aberdeen's Charlie Mulgrew a red card at the weekend.

The Northern Ireland international has issued an apology for the theatrical reaction to a 'headbutt' which saw Mulgrew dismissed during Saturday's 2-1 win at Ibrox.

Lafferty has been fined by Rangers and says he is willing to accept any further punishment handed out by the Scottish Football Association.

He told the Scottish Sun: ''I know I'm going to get labelled as a diver and a cheat now. Probably for a long time, maybe the rest of my career. But despite what's happened, that's definitely not me.

''The thing that hurts me the most is what people are obviously now going to be thinking of me. But I deserve what's coming my way now.

''I've been fined by the club and I understand the SFA are also looking at possible action. But I'll take whatever punishment I get because I deserve it. What I did on Saturday was the biggest mistake of my career.''

Meanwhile, Aberdeen director of football Willie Miller has called for severe punishment from the SFA.

He told the Daily Record: ''The SFA must come down hard on Lafferty's shameful diving and play-acting at Ibrox.

''When Gordon Smith became the SFA's chief executive he said he was desperate to clamp down on players feigning injury.

''This is the perfect opportunity for Smith to stand by his convictions by hammering Lafferty.''


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